photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala
Comedy Central President Kent Alterman (center, left) visited Jim Burnstein and Tom Benedek's SAC 427 (Screenwriting III) class on Friday, September 30. During his visit, a part of the Jonathan Glickman Producers Series, Alterman conducted a workshop, offering analysis of the opening pages of each student's script.  Later in the afternoon, Alterman interviewed with WOLV TV and conducted an open discussion in Angell Hall, Auditorium B. 
Screening of Little Stones
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Michigan Theater 
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; film begins at 6:30 p.m. 
(Free and open to all -- but RSVP required. See link below)
Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and former PBS producer Sophia Kruz (SAC '11) along with cinematographer Meena Singh, will host a test-screening of their upcoming 90-minute documentary Little Stones, which explores the role of art in the global empowerment of women and girls. From a graffiti artist in the favelas of Brazil raising awareness about domestic violence, to a choreographer in India using dance to rehabilitiate victims of
sex trafficking, Little Stones profiles four artists who have found innovative ways to use their art to tackle the most pressing issues facing the women in their communities.

Click here to RSVP if you are a SAC undergrad, All other interested parties, click here to register. 
DeVries-Vanderkooy Memorial Lecture Presents Ronald Bartlema
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
8:00 p.m.
Ronald Bartlema is Editor-in-chief of the national Dutch children's news (NOS Jeugdjournaal). The NOS Jeugdjournaal started in 1981 as the second news program for children, after BBC Newsround. After 35 years, more than 15,000 news programs, 13 weekly national newscasts with its own global reporters, a large online presence, a yearly election debate with Dutch party leaders, and live children's press conferences, the national Dutch children's news takes children seriously as a news audience. It goes beyond an educational tool as an integral part of Dutch family life, with many children watching the 
program with their families after dinner. Ronald Bartlema will discuss the NOS Jeugdjournaal as a cultural phenomenon, its role as a model for children's news around the world, and its expertise in bringing difficult world news to children without taboos and in psychologically safe ways.
Organized by the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures with support from the Departments of Psychology, Political Science, Communication Studies, Sociology, and Screen Arts & Cultures; The Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia; The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; International Institute; Center for European Studies; the Schools of Social Work and Education; and the Institute for the Humanities. 
Friends vs. Enemies: Diplomacy Documentary, Espionage Film, and the Persistence of Class in Cold War China - A Lecture by QIAN Ying of Columbia University
Friday, October 7, 2016
Vandenburg Room, Michigan League
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 
This paper draws from both documentary films consolidating international friendships and espionage films uncovering hidden enemies to situate cinema at the center of manufacturing class visibility and certainty in a Cold War environment where identities and alliances were in constant flux. For more detailed information on this presentation, click here

(Image at right) Wang Guangmei in Indonesia

QIAN Ying, is an assistant professor at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia. She is interested in a wide range of topics in Chinese literature, cinema and media studies, including documentary cinema in comparative perspectives, experience and memory of Chinese revolutions and socialism, and writing, translation and filmmaking in China’s multi-lingual and multi-ethnic regions.
Event organized by Professor Markus Nornes 
IRWG Community of Scholars Symposium
Friday, October 7, 2016
2239 Lane Hall
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
During this symposium, the 2016 IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars fellows will present their research. SAC Doctoral Candidate Josh Morrison will present his paper, "Killer Camp: 'Bad' Feelings, Communal Healing, and Consumptive Camp," on the second panel, entitled, Murder, Harassment, and Righteous Reproduction: What’s a ‘Good’ Woman to Do? (10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.), chaired by Professor Caryl Flinn. Later in the symposium, Assistant Professor Candace 
Moore will chair panel 4, entitled, Politics of Representation: Papas, Pastors, and Poets (2:30 - 4:00 p.m.). For complete information on the program and/or to register for lunch, please click here
CSAS Sound and South Asia Conference
Friday, October 7
Room 1636, School of Social Work Building
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m 
Whereas the study of what we hear has conventionally been reserved for the medical specialist, the acoustic engineer, and the ethnomusicologist, in recent years the life of sounds – from the most refined of classical music to the most irritating of street noises –
has become a topic for disciplines as diverse as history, law, economics, performance studies, film studies. This two-day conference will bring together scholars from India and the United States to explore and answer several interrelated questions. For more information on specific topics and speakers, please click here
This conference was made possible by generous support from Ranvir and Adarsh Trehan and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, with additional support from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance; Departments of Communication Studies, History, English Language and Literature, and Screen Arts and Cultures; the Global Media Studies Initiative; and U-M Initiative on Disability Studies.
Capitalism-Catholicism-Colonialism Workshop
Friday, October 7, 2016
2435 North Quad 
9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

In The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904), Max Weber famously argued that the inner rationality of capitalist accumulation first emerged during the Protestant Reformation in the form of the Puritan concept of the “calling” and an associated sensibility of worldly asceticism. Taking Weber’s work and legacy as a point of departure, this one-day, interdisciplinary workshop aims to explore the intersections of Capitalism, Catholicism, and Colonialism in the early modern Iberian world. 
Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Rackham Graduate School, U-M Office of Research, International Institute, Screen Arts & Cultures, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies,and the Department of History.
LRCSS Chinese Film Series Presents "Up and Down" and "When Night Falls," a Part of the Three Songs of Exile Series 
Film Introductions by Professor Markus Nornes 
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
"Up & Down" (2007) exemplifies experimental filmmaker Wang Wo’s love of form and design. The film is split down the middle from beginning to end, both vertically and horizontally. The initial split features a traveling shot out a car on top, and another moving in the other direction from subway. Those familiar with the geography of Beijing will recognize that both have a similar trajectory, Tiananmen Square, where the split screen plays with the symmetrical built space of pre-modern and modern China— cleverly undercutting the awe that architecture is meant to inspire.
"When Night Falls" (dir. Ying Liang, 2012) is based on the Yang Jia incident, where a young man invaded a Shanghai police station and murdered six policemen with a knife. Yang was driven by revenge for being arrested and beaten by police for riding an unlicensed bicycle. The film focuses on the man’s mother and her own treatment by police, as well as the controversial trial that led to Yang’s execution. The Chinese government attempted to purchase the rights of the film to prevent its public release, a deal the festival refused.
For more information on other film in the series, please click here
Iranian Film Festival 
Sundays - Oct 9  to October 23, 2016
Rackham Amphitheatre
4:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public 
The Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Iranian Graduate Students Association is proud to announce the first Annual Iranian Film Festival of Ann Arbor, showcasing the work of a new generation of Iranian filmmakers.  For further information, visit the festival site (above) or send an email  to
                       Still from Melbourne (Nima Javidi, 2014)  - Screening this Sunday, October 9
The Australian city of the title symbolizes the dream of a young Tehran couple to immigrate and begin a new life. On the very day of their departure, last-minute efforts to empty their apartment are interrupted by the inopportune request of a neighbor’s nanny that they briefly babysit a sleeping infant. What happens next shakes the couple’s relationship to the core, threatens to make them fugitives, and calls into question the very nature of perception.
This festival is sponsored by Arts at Michigan, the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies; the Depts. of Near Eastern Studies, Screen Arts & Cultures, Anthropology, and Women's Studies; the Iranian Graduate Students Association; the Islamic Studies Program; the Language Resource Center; and the Persian Students Association. 
Conversations on Europe. Italian Style: Fashion and Film 
Monday, October 24
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Room 1636,  School of Social Work Building 
Italian cinema launched Italian fashion to the world. This lecture is based on Professor Paulicelli’s latest book, Italian Style: Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age, which tells the story of this launch and explores how film contributed to the shaping of an Italian style and fashion that ran parallel to and, at times, took the lead in the creation of an Italian national identity. Fashion and film are powerful industries and media machines that construct powerful symbolic narratives and identities. It is hardly surprising, then, that Italian filmmakers have been fascinated by the transformative power of the language of clothing and fashion and the impact it has on style, consumption, and behavior. 
This lecture is sponsored by the Center for European Studies, the International Institute, the Departments of Screen Arts & Cultures and Romance Languages & Literature, and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.

(From left to right) SAC staff members Mary Lou Chlipala, Rob Hoffman, Lisa Rohde, and Paul Sutherland take a moment to enjoy the Big House after the UM Staff 200 Photo shoot on September 28. 
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